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Politico Calls Media Matters for America a Pro-Clinton Group

February 9, 2015

I thought Media Matters was a tax exempt media watchdog organization. The funny thing about the Politico piece excerpted below is that the part about Media Matters being pro-Clinton is just mentioned as an aside.

The focus of the article is about David Brock and his infighting with other progressive groups.

Emphasis below is mine…

David Brock resigns from Hillary Clinton PAC

David Brock on Monday abruptly resigned from the board of the super PAC Priorities USA Action, revealing rifts that threaten the big-money juggernaut being built to support Hillary Clinton’s expected presidential campaign.

In a resignation letter obtained by POLITICO, Brock, a close Clinton ally, accused Priorities officials of planting “an orchestrated political hit job” against his own pro-Clinton groups, American Bridge and Media Matters.

Those groups – along with another pro-Clinton group, the super PAC Ready for Hillary – had their fundraising practices called into question last week by a New York Times report. It pointed out that veteran Democratic fundraiser Mary Pat Bonner got a 12.5 percent commission on funds she raised for Brock’s groups, and a smaller percentage commission on cash she raised for Ready for Hillary.

I’m no lawyer but if Media Matters is an advocate for a specific party and candidate, isn’t that a violation of their tax exempt status? I could be wrong.

Here’s another question. What is a smear merchant like David Brock going to do if Hillary gets challenged from the left by someone like Elizabeth Warren?

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